World Association of News Publishers

18th World Editors Forum



18th World Editors Forum

Date and Location

  • 12 Oct 2011 - 15 Oct 2011

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Sub title

The global gathering of the world's editors - be part of it!

Introduction to Event

Daily News from the World Editors Forum!

WAN-IFRA will be providing live coverage (in English) during the World Editors Forum on the World Newspaper Week Blog. Please check back for update, and follow us on twitter: #wef2011


With the Congress and Editors Forum just days away, we've moved from online registration to registration in Vienna -- you can register onsite at the Reed Messe Vienna, site of the global meetings of the world's press.

The evening events are already fully booked, so we are afraid we can't guarantee a seat there. We apologise for that. But there is still plenty of room in the business sessions and we're happy to welcome you to the conferences.

Thank you very much and hope to see you in Vienna!

The editor as innovator, as businessman, as the centre of the community, and more: the 2011 World Editors Forum in Vienna will explore these multiple facets of an editor’s job and look at how he/she can excel at each but still maintain a key focus on good content.

The digital world of news is rapidly changing and the opportunities for newspapers, as well as the challenges that accompany them, are undergoing constant evolution. How can newspapers continue to fulfill their core mission of producing high quality journalism, and even improve on it, despite the myriad of new responsibilities of their editors?

See programme


  • Anette Novak
    Anette Novak
    CEO, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, Sweden (Moderator)
    CEO, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, a research institute that conduct applied research on world...


  • Alexandra Föderl-Schmid
    Editor-in-Chief, Der Standard, Austria

    Alexandra Föderl-Schmid has been Editor-in-Chief of Der Standard since 2007....

  • Anette Novak
    CEO, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, Sweden (Moderator)
    CEO, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT, a research institute that conduct applied research on world...
  • Béla Papp
    Publishing Director, Ringier Studios, Switzerland

    For the past year Béla E. Papp has been a leading member of Ringier Studios,...

  • Bill Mitchell
    Leader of Entrepreneurial and International Programs, Poynter Institute, USA

    Bill Mitchell leads the Entrepreneurial Journalism and International Programs...

  • Bobby Schweizer
    Co-author of 'Newsgames: Journalism at Play', USA

    Bobby Schweizer is a doctoral student in Digital Media at the Georgia Institute...

  • Charlie Beckett
    Director of POLIS, London School of Economics, UK

    Charlie Beckett is the founding director of POLIS, the journalism think-tank in...

  • Chris Roper
    Head of Online, Mail & Guardian, South Africa

    Chris Roper is the editor of the Mail & Guardian Online, Africa’s first...

  • Christian Ortner
    Editor-in-Chief, Vorarlberger Nachrichten, Austria

    Christian Ortner is Editor-in-Chief of Vorarlberger Nachrichten. He studied law...

  • Dirk Nolde
    Managing Editor, Berliner Morgenpost Online, Germany

    Dirk Nolde is Managing Editor of, the digital venture of Berliner...

  • Eric Newton
    Senior Adviser to the President, Knight Foundation, USA

    Eric Newton is Senior Adviser to the President of the Knight Foundation. He...

  • George Brock
    Professor and Head of Journalism, City University, UK

    Professor Brock became Professor and Head of Journalism at City University in September 2009....

  • Han Fook Kwang, Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore

    Han Fook Kwang is editor of The Straits Times. He joined the paper in 1989 as...

  • Hoda Abdel-Hamid
    Roving Correspondent, Al Jazeera English, Qatar

    Hoda Abdel-Hamid is an award-winning roving correspondent for Al Jazeera...

  • Jacob Mollerup
    President of The Danish Association for Investigative Journalism and The Organization of News Ombudsmen (ONO), Denmark

    Jacob Mollerup is president of The Danish Association for Investigative...

  • Jim Brady
    Editor-in-Chief, Journal Register Company, USA

    Jim Brady is Editor-in-Chief at the Journal Register Company. He orchestrates...

  • Jim Roberts
    Assistant Managing Editor, The New York Times, USA

    Jim Roberts was named assistant managing editor for The New York Times in...

  • John Lloyd
    Director of Journalism, Reuters Institute, UK

    John Lloyd is a Contributing Editor for the Financial Times, Director of...

  • Justin Peters
    Editor, Columbia Journalism Review, USA

    Justin Peters is an editor at the Columbia Journalism Review, where he...

  • Magda Abu-Fadil
    Director of the Journalism Training Program, American University of Beirut, Lebanon

    Magda Abu-Fadil is Director of the Journalism Training Program at the American...

  • Mark Johnson
    Community Editor, The Economist, UK

    Mark Johnson is The Economist's community editor. He manages and develops...

  • Mathias Müller von Blumencron
    Editor-in-Chief, Der Spiegel, Germany

    Mathias Müller von Blumencron has been one of the Editors-in-Chief of DER SPIEGEL since 2008, in...

  • Matthew Eltringham
    Editor of the BBC College of Journalism website, UK

    Matthew Eltringham joined the College of Journalism in May as Head of the...

  • Matúš Kostolný
    Editor-in-Chief, SME, Slovakia

    Matúš Kostolný was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the daily SME in October 2006....

  • N Ram
    Editor-in-chief, The Hindu, India

    N. Ram, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of The Hindu and other group publications...

  • Nicolas Kayser-Bril
    data journalist, France/Germany

    A datajournalist since 2007, Nicolas Kayser-Bril is a self-taught journalist...

  • Olalla Cernuda
    Head of Online, ABC, Spain

    Olalla Cernuda is the editor of the website of Diario ABC. As a deputy editor...

  • Paula Salovaara
    Managing Editor, Helsingin Sanomat, Finland

    Paula Salovaara is Managing Editor of Helsingin Sanomat, responsible for the...

  • Roberto Pombo
    Editor-in-Chief, EL TIEMPO, Colombia

    Roberto Pombo is Editor-in-Chief of EL TIEMPO, leading one of the most...

  • Roy Greenslade
    Professor of Journalism, City University London, UK

    Roy Greenslade has been Professor of Journalism at City University since 2003....

  • Scott Klein
    Editor of News Applications, ProPublica, USA

    Scott Klein is the Editor of News Applications at ProPublica, a non-profit...

  • Shyam Parekh
    Editor, DNA Ahmedabad, India

    Shyam Parekh is Editor of the Ahmedabad edition of DNA. He oversaw the launch...

  • Simon Kelner
    Editor-in-Chief, The Independent, UK

    Simon Kelner was appointed Editor-in-Chief of The Independent in May 1998 after...

  • Stéphanie Jolivot
    Publisher, Madame Figaro, France

    Stéphanie Jolivot is an experienced communications professional with a varied...

  • Wolfgang Blau
    Editor-in-Chief, ZEIT ONLINE, Germany

    Wolfgang Blau is Editor-in-Chief of ZEIT ONLINE, the sister publication of Die Zeit. Zeit Online...

  • Bill Adair
    Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy, Duke University and Founder, PolitiFact, USA

    Bill Adair is the creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning website PolitiFact and the Knight...

  • Tom Kent
    Standards Editor and Deputy Managing Editor, Associated Press, USA

    Thomas Kent is deputy managing editor and standards editor of the AP, responsible for standards...

  • Marcelo Rech
    Editorial Vice President, RBS Group, Brazil

    Marcelo Rech, 55, President of the World Editors Forum, is the first Editorial...

18th World Editors Forum

The World Editors Forum 2011 in Vienna, along with the World Newspaper Congress and IFRA Expo which together comprise the global annual summit of the world’s press, will bring together more than 1200 senior news editors and executives and will offer participants an array of ideas and practices to take back to their publications.

Programme highlights:

  • What reporting techniques are justifiable in the public interest: where to draw the line?
  • The evolution of content in print: is moving away from breaking news the best solution?
  • Story-telling: looking beyond the article
  • Making a paywall work, from a newsroom perspective
  • What makes a successful tablet application for your paper
  • Workshop with Facebook representatives

See the whole Forum programme

Latest confirmed speakers include:

  • Jim Brady, Editor-in-Chief, Journal Register Company, USA
  • Han Fook Kwang, Editor, The Straits Times, Singapore
  • James Harding, Editor-in-Chief, The Times, UK
  • Eric Newton, Senior Adviser to the President, Knight Foundation, USA
  • Roberto Pombo, Editor-in-Chief, EL TIEMPO, Colombia

See all registered speakers and participants here


The event takes place at Reed Messe Wien, the leading congress and event venue in Vienna:

Reed Messe Wien GmbH
Messeplatz 1, Postfach 277
1021 Wien, Austria


Click here for a list of hotels in the vicinity of the event venue.